Coin Specifications

Category: Buffalo Five Cents (1913-1938)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 35,715,000
Catalog: KM-134
Obverse Designer: James Earle Fraser
Reverse Designer: James Earle Fraser
Composition: Copper-Nickel
Weight: 5.00 Grams
Diameter: 21.2mm
Edge: Plain
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1923 5C MS obverse 1923 5C MS reverse

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There are no NGC varieties for this coin.

Description & Analysis

By the summer of 1923 economic activity had picked up enough that additional nickels were needed for circulation. By year's end the Philadelphia Mint produced a substantial quantity, and this issue is common across most grades. Gems are only a bit elusive, and most display decent strikes and bright luster.

A couple of minor doubled-die obverse varieties are noted in the book by John Wexler, Ron Pope and Kevin Flynn, but these are of interest only to variety specialists.


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Price Guide

Last Updated: 9/1/2015

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1923 5C MS
Base $ 2.00 3.50 5.00 6.75 14.00 35.00 40.00 45.00 52.00 65.00 130 175 235 615 1400 9000 - - -
$ - - - - - 75.00 140 190 300 750 2450 - -

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Total Graded: 947
Low Grade: VG
Average Grade: 63
High Grade: 67

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Auction Prices Realized

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Sale / Lot
1/25/2004 PCGS MS 66   Goldberg January 25-28, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 23/Lot# 1685 $1,265.00
12/12/2005 NGC MS 63   David Lawrence Rare Coins Internet-Only Auction #66, 71/Lot# 171 $126.50
6/3/2008 NGC MS 62   Heritage Auctions Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #28062, 28062/Lot# 22185 $69.00
8/21/2011 NGC MS 63   GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 08/21/2011, 132/Lot# 15255 $170.50
8/2/2012 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2012 August 2-5 US Coins Signature Auction- Philadelphia Session(5), 1173/Lot# 7574 $152.75
2/25/2013 NGC MS 66   Teletrade Auction 3419, 3419/Lot# 1392 $700.00
4/1/2014 PCGS MS 63   Stack's Bowers March 2014 Baltimore Auction, 6008/Lot# 7556 $399.50
8/5/2014 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions 2014 August 5, 7 & 9 ANA US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago Session(5), 1208/Lot# 7328 $440.63
12/7/2014 NGC MS 64   Heritage Auctions Internet Coin Auction Session(1), 131450/Lot# 25117 $173.90

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